Jan. 29, 2014
Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
Score: Nebraska 84, Michigan 51
Records: U-M (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten), NEB (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 1 -- vs. Minnesota (Crisler Center), Noon
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) set the University of Michigan women's basketball freshman record for three-pointers in a season, but it was Nebraska's long-range success that led the Huskers to an 84-51 win over the Wolverines on Wednesday night (Jan. 29) inside Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska hit 11 threes and was 32-of-60 (53.3 percent) in handing U-M its first true road loss of the season.
Thompson had a pair of three-pointers on the night and now has 50 on the season. She passed Amy Johnson (1993-94) for the top spot.
Junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) led the Wolverines with 16 points on the night. She was 7-of-14 from the floor and added three rebounds. Thompson had 12 points and three rebounds, and junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) was Michigan's third-double figure scorer with 10 points. Smith also had five rebounds and four assists. Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) led Michigan with seven rebounds.
Goree tallied four points and Thompson two to begin the game and give Michigan a 6-5 lead with 16:36 left. However, Nebraska answered with a 14-2 run, before Michigan cut the lead to eight (24-16) with the help of five straight points from Elmblad, including an old-fashion three-point play at 7:58. Nebraska went on another run, taking a 35-20 lead at 4:01. The Huskers led by as much as 18 points in the first half (42-24) and shot 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the floor and hit six three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
Smith made a pair of threes in a 1:19 span in the beginning of the second half, but Nebraska pushed its lead to 25 points (64-39) at 12:02. Elmblad had two straight field goals at 9:55 and 9:04. Six straight Husker points followed, making it 72-48 at 7:50. Nebraska led by as much as 35 points as Michigan fell to 6-1 in road contests on the season.
The Wolverines were 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from three-point range on the night. Nebraska had 27 assists on 32 made field goals and held a 38-28 rebounding advantage.
Michigan returns to Crisler Center on Saturday (Feb. 1) to host Minnesota at noon as part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Girls in eighth grade and under are invited for a pregame program involving the Wolverines and numerous other women's varsity programs at the William Davidson Player Development Center. [ More Information | Tickets ]
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